Correlation of old and new testaments
Speaking on the conference theme, the President and founder of BOL, Dr. Sam Oyemade, said the church and the ministers, in particular, must go back to the book of Hebrews 1:1-2 which says, “Long ago, God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son (Jesus Christ),” meaning that Jesus Christ is the subject of the ministry today. Oyemade, in agreement with other lead discussants, which included Dr. Emiko Amostuka, Pastor Charles Achonwa, Rev. Dr. Jane Onaolapo, Dr. Olatunde Oladoyinbo, Pastor Banjo Toluwalawi and Rev Samuel Olutoye, stressed that so many ministers, today, have led the followers astray by building doctrines around so many obsolete beliefs, such as prayer mountains, where members must visit to get quick answers to their prayers, as against what Christ taught that prayer and true worship is no longer in special places, but rather as the Bible puts it, “God seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.”
Oyemade said, “Not only that, what about sacrifices? Some Christians today believe that except you kill rams, goats or perform certain sacrifices as done in the Old Testament, God can never forgive their sins. Whereas, the New Testament explains clearly that there are no sacrifices to be made than the blood of Jesus Christ that became a once and for all atonement for the world.”
Discussants also spoke on some challenges confronting ministers of the gospel in carrying out their assignments. A medical practitioner and minister of the gospel, Dr. Olatunde Oladoyinbo, encouraged the ministers to take good care of their health, go for medical check-ups, be mindful of what they eat and drink, watch their fasting rate, rest and sleep when necessary and go on holidays. Dr. Emiko Amostuka added that medical science is God’s mercy for human life and must not be overlooked. In all, church leaders were urged to follow only Christ approved doctrines, spend quality time to know God intimately and study His Word and maintain a good relationship with Him.
However, it was agreed that the End-time ministry is to be built on the foundation of the “Old and New Testament,” being fitly joined together to grow into a holy temple of God.
Dr. Sam Oyemade
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